How to overcome temptations?

Look to Jesus. The answer is in Him. He was tempted like us “in all points” but He overcame (Heb 4:15). “He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Heb 2:18).

On our part we are to first surrender the organs of our body as a living sacrifice on God’s altar (Rom 12:1). We are no more ours. We are bought with a price. We belong to God. Make a covenant with your eyes that you will no more look at someone lustfully (Job 31:1). Present your hands to God so it may not touch the forbidden. And your legs not to go where Christ Himself would not go. And so on (Rom 6:13). Remind yourself of this commitment each morning.

The power to say no to sin is yours by the indwelling Christ. You are dead, buried, raised and seated with Christ (Rom 6:3,4; Eph 2:4-6). Meditate on this fact of identification with Christ as often as possible.

To receive a fresh supply of strength to resist temptation Christ has taught us to pray. Our body of flesh and blood is weak. Our desire to overcome temptation becomes effective only when we “watch and pray” (Mt 26:41).

When Christ was tempted He wielded the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, against Satan (Mt 4:4,7,10; Eph 6:17). Be regular in Bible meditation. David hid God’s Word in his heart that he might not sin against Him (Psa 119:11). Saturate yourself with the Scriptures. Memorize as many verses as you can. At the hour of temptation the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance the right text (Jn 6:14-26).

Don’t be a loner. You need the fellowship of God’s children. “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble” (Eccl 4:9-12).

Everytime you overcome temptation the battle will only be intensified. The “roaring lion” will be after you (1 Pet 5:8). But “He who is in you is greater that he who is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4). Take refuge under the blood of Jesus. Depend on His grace. “Sin shall not have dominion over you!” (Rom 6:14).

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